Life Cycles Lesson 5: Frogs
Lesson 5 of 8
Objective: Model the life cycle of the frog by examining each cycle and identifying at least 3 facts for each.
My students are really enjoying this unit on life cycles. When we finished the lesson on the Atlantic Salmon they asked if we could learn about other animal classifications. How could I refuse? I started this lesson by again asking, " How does each life cycle begin?" They are making the connection that all animal life begins with an egg.
I created a PowerPoint for this lesson,Life Cycle of a Frog, to help reach different diverse learning styles. The PowerPoint also helped guide the students through this investigation where they learned new academic vocabulary. To help them better understand these new concepts, they completed a modified Frayer Vocabulary Model. Using both of these strategies for the lesson, helped my students grapple the new content with ease.
My students are familiar with frogs and I wanted them to be more engaged in the frog life cycle process. Instead of just naming the different stages of the life cycle of the frog, I wanted my students to delve deeper into each stage and look at the "why" and the "how" the cycle works. I created Examining The Life Cycle Of A Frog Focus Page, using this, along with the PowerPoint helped my students achieve a better understanding through pictures and videos of the similarities and differences in the life cycles.
Class Discussion/ Wrap Up
My focus during the wrap up was on using the discussion time to emphasize the many changes frogs go through during the life cycle and helping students make connections to other life cycles we have studied. I achieved this by having students complete, in small groups, a focus page I created Compare and contrast life cycles with that of a frog.For homework, I wanted them to revisit the concepts by creating a tadpole and froglet model that I found online where they can just cut the pieces out and glue them in their notebooks along with adding an explanation of each cycle guiding them to reflect on what was learned today.